The 2002 Mercury Sable is available as a sedan or a wagon and in three trims: GS, GS Plus, and LS Premium. The exterior standard features for the GS trim includes 16-inch steel wheels, remote power door locks, power windows, remote power locks, rear defogger, and variable intermittent windshield wipers. The LS Premium trim adds heated exterior power mirrors and 16-inch alloy wheels. The wagons have a rear window wiper and a roof rack. It has a plain, boring, uninspiring exterior. The once-progressively designed sedan has become more conservative while it began to take on a more youthful countenance. The simple design, smooth lines, and clean appearance have made this car a favorite among rental car companies.
Interior standard features for the 2002 Mercury Sable include cloth upholstery, split folding front bench seats, cruise control, tilting steering wheel with integrated cruise controls, air-conditioning, trip computer, four-speaker AM/FM stereo system, and 12-volts power outlets. The wagon adds a third-row bench seat. The GS Plus trim adds six-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar adjustment, adjustable pedals, and the stereo system includes a CD player. The LS Premium trim adds leather trim to the steering wheel, climate control, and speed-sensitive power steering. The gauges, which are large and easy to read, are set in a two-shade panel with the darker gradient at the top to reduce glare. The controls are well-marked, well-placed, and easy to operate. The interior overall is nicely designed but nothing luxurious. The front bench seat is not really wide enough to comfortably accommodate three adults. Rear visibility is hampered by the styling design. The rear seats have the same issue as the front seat, but the front and rear seats are well-bolstered for decent support. The third-row seat in the wagon is perfect for small children, but uncomfortable for adults. Cargo room in the sedan is 16 cubic feet, and the wagon has a maximum capacity of 81.3 cubic feet with second and third-row seats folded down.
The 2002 Mercury Sable GS and GS Plus models are equipped with a standard 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 157 horsepower and 189 lb-ft of torque. The LS Premium gets a V-6 that is tuned to make 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated with a four-speed automatic transmission and front-drive. Both engines have decent power, but midrange torque is not strong enough to provide quicker passing speed. The chassis does not have a floating sensation when traveling over undulating roads, but the ride is rough over rough pavement. The steering is balanced and secure and the handling is good. The brakes provide adequate stopping power for regular stops, but they are not very powerful for panic stops. Wind noise is noticeable but not bad. Engine and road noise is low.
The 2002 Mercury Sable is equipped with child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, electronic Brake force distribution, and emergency interior trunk release. The LS Premium trim adds ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, dusk-sensing auto delay-off headlights, and front fog lights. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it five stars for passenger and driver frontal impact protection, four stars for rollover protection, and three stars for side-impact protection for the front and rear. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the Sable a ""good"" rating for frontal-offset test results.
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